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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the lion park, well worth a visit. The rescue stories about how these magnificent animals ended up at the sanctuary were heart breaking. Although they cannot live in the wild, these lions are given space and proper care to live out their lives happily. The rare white lion family were fantastic to watch. The sanctuary also provides a home...

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those places that is easy to ignore but well worth the visit, firstly not easy to find as sign posting is small and does not give you a great deal of advance notice. There is a choice of two parks, chimpanzees & lions, we wanted to see the lions so opted for that, you can combine...

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Muscat, Oman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was an extremely hot day and that was one of the reasons our visit to the lion park wasn’t so good. At the chimp park there are about 5 chimpanzees and few more smaller monkey species but it wouldn’t take long to see the place. Tickets for chimp and lion parks are priced at 60 rand per person. Combo...

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Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I'm a huge animal rights advocate and had the pleasure of visiting Drakenstein Lion Park to sleep over in a tent for the night. The sanctuary is home to lions who were rescued from canned hunting, circuses and closed zoos with no where else to turn. Each lion has their own story to share, especially Brutus who had his jaw...

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Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

Happened to visit the Lion Park on the way back from Franschhoek. Frankly, it was worth the trip. It was an eye opener to understand the plight that wild animals had been kept under the entertainment industry for years !!! Makes one feel ashamed for even watching a circus in the good old days.. The park has housed some magnificent...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 31 March 2016

No one wants to know about abused animals. At Drakenstein you are able to read each lion's story - but also see that the rescued lions are in much better conditions than before. I know we all want lions in nature - to run free and hunt. But be realistic - these lions won't make it - and the best...

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Thank ElsaHoffmann
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This was a surprise experience for my partner as she had heard about it and was captivated by the idea of sleeping near lions all night. On arrival on a very hot Friday we were enthusiastically met by "Zee" and quickly offered ice cold juice which was glugged down without much encouragement required. After a brief introduction and run down...

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Thank Rederic1
Gold Coast
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

Here you will find the downside stories of the 'canned hunting' industry where around 50 lions and 2 bengal tigers have been rescued mainly from the clutches of breeders. The stories are sad but these magnificent and majestic animals have been rescued and given a home where they get cared for in a kindly and spacious environment. Sadly, they have...

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Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 26 December 2015

Not many people are aware of the plight lions face in this day and age. South-Africa is the cradle of canned hunting and petting farms, so Drakenstein comes as an amazing breath of fresh air since this lion sanctuary puts the care of the animals first. Of course, in Europe, we do not excel at the care of lions either....

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Reviewed 24 November 2015

We arrived about 15 minutes before feeding time (16:00 Mon, Wed, Fri). Feeding was extremely efficiently done. the animals were in fairly large enclosures that had a second lower fence to prevent visitors getting close to the actual enclosure fence. A small tractor with a trailer (filled with chicken carcases) was driven up between the two fences and 2 men...

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Address: Old Paarl Road | R101, Paarl 7680, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Paarl
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“All the "rooms" have spectacular views of the lions pens, don't expect luxury but what's lacking in opulence is made up by the atmosphere.”
  • Glamping in A minor.
  • Leonidas taking a break.
 of 5 bubbles Rederic1, 9 Feb 2016 | Read review
“The accomodation is tented, don't expect The Ritz. The budget for the park is raised entirely on entrance fees, donations and sponsorship”
 of 5 bubbles TW15EXILE, 20 Apr 2013 | Read review
“A tip? Don't stay there overnight! Visit, by all means, but avoid the 'sleep with the lions' experience like the plague, unless you like sleeping in a tent pitched near a main road...”
 of 5 bubbles JeremyM797, 12 Apr 2013 | Read review
“You might want to visit around feeding times mon,Wed & Fri 4pm to see a little more of the lions”
 of 5 bubbles annekscott, 3 Jun 2012 | Read review
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